How BMW’s PHEV battery changes the way you drive
Making its debut in 2013, the BMW plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) battery was first introduced in the BMW i3 – reinventing the way we drive your BMW. The introduction was a comprehensive and ground-breaking concept for sustainable mobility. BMW’s first foray into mass-produced cars sans combustion engines represented visionary electric vehicles and mobility services, inspiring design and a new understanding of premium that is strongly defined by sustainability. The launch of the i3 began a shift in how BMW cars were designed, and are evident in their current fleet of vehicles.
Now almost a staple for most new BMWs, the BMW PHEV battery, a lithium-ion high-voltage battery is a standard component in almost all vehicles – In February 2016, BMW announced the introduction of the "iPerformance" model designation, which is being given to all BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles from July 2016. The aim was to provide a visible indicator of the transfer of technology from BMW i to the BMW core brand. As of June 2019, seven BMW plug-in hybrid models have been released using BMW i technology; the X1 xDrive25e, X3 xDrive30e, X5 xDrive40e, 225xe Active Tourer, 330e iPerformance, 530e iPerformance, and 740e iPerformance – with plans to launch 25 new plug-in hybrid models by 2025, 12 of which will be fully-electric vehicles.
But how does the PHEV work?
The BMW plug-in electric vehicle (PHEV) range is designed to deliver zero emissions at the point of use - so you can still drive your preferred BMW, without harmful vehicle emissions. There are two divisions to the BMW PHEV range: the game-changing BMW i range; focused on the most cutting edge of electric vehicle design, and the road-ready BMW iPerformance range, which takes this innovation into conventional BMW models.
A BMW iPerformance vehicle uses the eDrive system - a petrol engine and electric engine working together to reduce emissions and fuel consumption. The electric motor drives the car within certain speeds, then the conventional combustion engine kicks in to ensure performance remains continuous. Additionally, eBoost technology means you can accelerate on electric power alone, reducing fuel consumption even when using the combustion engine.
BMW PHEVs are engineered to take your breath away, unleashing more driving fun as well as greater efficiency. The BMW electrified fleet of vehicles is designed to give you:
• Power and performance
• Everyday savings
• Zero-emissions driving
• Fewer trips to the petrol station
• Time savings through preferred parking in some malls
What is the lifespan of a BMW PHEV battery?
According to BMW's head of battery development, Andreas Raith, lithium-ion batteries in all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars are designed for 15 years and beyond. Like all batteries, electric vehicle batteries are lithium-based. When a lithium battery is charged and discharged once, it is called a cycle, and after 15 years worth of cycles, its capacity degrades as the cycle number increases. To make batteries more durable, BMW utilises a thermal management system with liquid cooling – making the durability of these batteries more akin to combustion engines.
In support of a more sustainable environment, BMW recently announced a PHEV battery warranty extension programme. It covers the battery and its units for an additional 2 years and 60,000km, increasing the coverage to a total of 8 years / 160,000km (whichever comes first). This extended warranty will prove to be an amazing addition for your next BMW PHEV, providing electrified joy with total peace of mind.
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